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by Vault Law Editors | February 20, 2009

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On law school rankings, recruiting and borrowing:

  • Yesterday, Brian Leiter released his rankings of the “Top Ten Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact.” Yale leads the list, followed by University of Chicago, Harvard, NYU and Stanford. The methodology—based on “per capita citations to faculty scholarship—may be flawed, Leiter admits; nevertheless, he contends, “One will learn more about faculty quality at leading American law schools from the scholarly impact study … than from U.S. News.” Of course, we agree that there are quite a few sound alternatives to .
  • Meanwhile, Columbia – ranked sixth in scholarly impact – ranks first in terms of placing graduates to the largest law firms. According to The National Law Journal, 70.5 percent of the 2008 class went directly to NLJ 250 firms.
  • A lawsuit filed in California by the National Federation of the Blind and a blind law student claims the Law School Admissions Council violates state law because its website and LSAT materials aren’t accessible to the blind.
  • Lastly, a word of warning to law school grads: There’s no statute of limitations on federal student loans. You may think that $60,000 you borrowed way back in ‘89 is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, but there’s no sum too small nor debt too old as the feds go after defaulters with a vengeance.

- posted by vera

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